Students on bus speak out after classmate swept away in wash - Tucson News Now

Students on bus speak out after classmate swept away in wash

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A student got off a school bus on Wednesday, Aug. 23, walked a short distance and was swept away in a flooded wash, according to Tracy Koslowski, spokeswoman for the Drexel Heights Fire District. 

DHFD responded to an unconscious person call in the San Joaquin Road and Neal Avenue area, west of Tucson.  

According to fellow Marana High School students on the bus, two people, a senior boy and a freshman girl, decided to get off a stop early on the bus route and walk home. According to fellow students, the bus driver would not drive through the flooded road.

The students said that when the water subsided the bus continued on the route, but was stopped once again south of Neal Avenue.

The boy and girl reached the area, and attempted to walk through the waist-deep wash anyway, the kids said.

According to witnesses, the two students lost their footing and fell under water. 

"They were on the other side of the wash. The girl was down. We couldn't tell what her condition was, but by then there was an adult there trying to help," said Christian Parra, a Marana High School sophomore who was on the bus.

Crews arrived and found the student, a girl, who had fallen and was knocked unconscious after she hit her head.  She was pulled from the water by bystanders.  

"It was traumatic and scary," said Stormi Davis, a Marana High School freshman. "I saw two people that are important to me almost die. I couldn't do anything about it. I couldn't help them, because [the bus driver] wouldn't let us."

Parra and Davis said the bus driver kept other students from getting off to help, and allegedly did not try to stop the two students from walking through the wash.

Despite hitting her head, the girl is in stable condition at Banner University Medical Center, according to Koslowski. 

Our phone calls to Marana High School officials, to ask about their bus policies and procedures, went unanswered because it is after hours. We will have updates when we learn more.

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